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I got excited at Lowe's and bought some playground sand. I know it's dirty, I don't mind cleaning it. I don't have any plants yet and I'm hoping the sand will make a good substrate. I'm nervous about anaerobic pockets though. Will the plants help with that? I'm not sure what kind of plants I want to get. I want to do low tech, with easy plants. How deep should the substrate be? Is it okay to mix it with my existing gravel? Sorry, I know I'm all over the place with my thoughts here.

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Playground sand is fine. Just try to rinse it and clean some of the bits out of it. Anaerobic pockets? Not really an issue. As long as you don't have large pieces of slate over the sand, but under some more sand, you'll be fine. Plus, you aren't using soil under the sand are you? Just sand? I wouldn't mix it with existing gravel because it will separate eventually. One substrate will work it's way to the top and the other will sink in the substrate.

The trumpet snails will help aerate the sand too. I doubt you'll have issues.


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Playground sand is fine. Just try to rinse it and clean some of the bits out of it. Anaerobic pockets? Not really an issue. As long as you don't have large pieces of slate over the sand, but under some more sand, you'll be fine. Plus, you aren't using soil under the sand are you? Just sand? I wouldn't mix it with existing gravel because it will separate eventually. One substrate will work it's way to the top and the other will sink in the substrate.

The trumpet snails will help aerate the sand too. I doubt you'll have issues.
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Once mulm starts to settle into the sand, anaerobic pockets are possible in sand. The two solutions are to either get a trumpet snail colony going in the sand (my preferred method) or just poke the substrate all over with something like a chopstick every time you do tank maintenance. Nothing to worry about, and you should be fine with the playground sand - just make sure to add some root tabs for the plants.
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I haven't seen any snails since I started treating my fish from ich. No chemicals, just heat and salt. This might be a silly question, but do you think the snails are still there? How can I know for sure?
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